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will use my inaugural address to blame you for tax increases and for the fiscal cliff going overboard. that brings out pretty big guns when it comes to a president's bully pulpit. if atlantes to use that to play politics, that's significant. >> i have to bring this up. but how did they get to the point where the speaker tried to bring a vote to his caucus to be rejected? how did they not see that coming in why did he bother trying to bring the vote? >> because there's two different tracks, the big deal everyone was hoping for between boehner and the president. that appears to have totally stalled. boehner had to say what's my plan b? his plan b is a plan nancy pelosi embraced a few months ago. boehner couldn't get enough of his right flank onboard and pelosi was whipping votes against her own plan among democrats to embarrass boehner. so the politics worked out well for pelosi. it's a total mess, dysfunctional and both parties are not covering themselves in glory. >> got to leave it there. always good to see you. >> thanks. >> to ed henry in honolulu where the president is set to depa
. economists warn it could get worse and the markets could be foiled if we go over the fiscal cliff. taxes will go up for the average american by about $2,000 and could put us back into a recession. >> which nobody wants to see. kristen welker in hawaii. the president is coming back, but they haven't gotten the 48 hour notice. they are very much out there in play. thank you very much for joining us. appreciate it. when the senate returns tomorrow morning, there will be a new emphasis on members taking a larger role in the fiscal cliff negotiations that based off the current offer may only have a smaller deal. a member of the budget committee and outspoken voice on the left side of the aisle. thanks for joining me. good morning. >> mire pleasure. >> we were saying a lack of urgency in washington to deal with the fiscal cliff and being a member of congress especially a respected member of the senate and what do you think is possible at this point on any type of a large scale deal. what do you see as the most likely scenario moving forward. >> i don't think it's a lack of urgency, but a great
for you. >>> the u.s. is set to go over the fiscal cliff in five days. that means taxes will go up for nearly every american. dramatic spending cuts will kick in. president obama and congress will be back from vacation tomorrow. but will anything get done? >>> plus, wild winter weather sweeping through the country. we'll bring you the latest details on which part of the u.s. could be hit next. cnbc's "worldwide exchange" starts now. >>> and welcome to a special edition of reside worldwide. ross andcle reoff today for boxes day in -- kelly are off today for boxing day. for now, you is us. >> we'll start with a brief check on the markets. energy and metals are trading higher now, wtis up about 55 cents. brent crude up 65 cents. also want to check in on the gold price, as well. gold right now down about slightly under the flat line there, 1,-658. well below the 1,700 mark. the cme globex has been closed for christmas. it's going to reopen at 6:00 a.m. eastern time. that goes for treasuries and the foreign exchange market, as well. >> as for action in the overseas markets, the u.k. is
with the "fiscal cliff," new taxes to help pay for the affordable healthcare act will take effect january 1. but the average american will not really see a difference in his bill to the irs. the wealthiest 2% of americans and the healthcare industry will pick up the majority of the tab. back to you. >> thank you. >>> now, ladies and gentlemen, time for the big story of the day. that is as per usual the weather and now the hardest working woman in showbiz. >> i have been working a lot lately. i know. yeah. the holidays, busy time. and if you are out and about traveling you know the rain has been a big issu the last few days. we'll get some brief dry breaks but we have heavier cells moving through. look over san francisco. everywhere you see that orange and yellow that's the heavier rain moving through actually through hayward right now if you are traveling the nimitz anytime in the near future. dublin-pleasanton socked in with rain. so the main cold front has already moved through. this is just unstable air behind it. cool and breezy throughout the afternoon finally drying out by overnight t
over the fiscal cliff which means taxes go up for everybody who pays taxes but what else does it mean for you -@and for the economy? the chief of staff on george w. bush council of economic advisors, she thinks we're probably going over because the white house will not stop pushing for higher tax rates, she joins us later this hour. shibani: maybe the texas will be higher in 2013, but prices at the pump will be lower. some good news and some bad news. david: but first we will tell you what drove the market in today's data download. all three major indices closing to the red for the third day in a row. nine of 1 10 s&p sectors ended lower led by consumer discretionary and materials posted gains but they were the only ones out of the nine or 10 sectors. falling compared to the previous month up one year earlier. case-shiller index rising 4.3% compared to year ago. manufacturing utility slowing down, the federal reserve bank using five points from nine in november. numbers above zero indicating expanding activities but there is a slowing trend that has to be watched. shibani: let's take
to really spill the truth what all this tax talk and fiscal cliff concerns really mean for businesses an your money. jim amos, chairman of planet smoothie. we have the ceo of fast signs and the jamie richardson the vice president of white castle. we have a power panel on today. thank you all for joining us. i want to start with some news from clarence otis, ceo of darden restaurants. obviously he came out and said that the forecast for his company going forward is looking bleak for a couple of different reasons. he said the negative media coverage that focused on darden and how they might accommodate health care reform has really hurt the company. he was someone who came out and said they would have to go ahead and use many more part-time workers because obamacare was simply too expensive. there was a big backlash against that. so he is going to have to go ahead and as a result, they will keep their full-time workers on. they will really stuck with the cost of obamacare. he also said, you know, they're having a tough time because people aren't coming into the restaurants because econo
nervousness about tax hikes due to the fiscal cliff. we've had lots of conversation about whether not fiscal cliff would impact consumer sentiment. and apparently now it's actually hitting people in the wallet. let's talk about what's on the economic agenda today. one very important report to watch, standard and poor's releasing the case schiller index on october home sales at 9:00 eastern. it's a busy week for housing data. tomorrow we're going to be getting the commerce department which releases new home sales for november. then on friday, the national association of realtors, not realtors -- >> yeah. >> releases its spending. its pending home sales index for november. >> in other housing news, the obama administration is considering expanding its mortgage refinancing program to include borrowers whose mortgages are not backed by the government and who owe more than their homes are worth. "the journal" reports one proposal being considered would also transfer potentially riskier loans that are held by private investors into fannie and freddie and transferring billions of dollars of mortgag
cooperative. >>> now that christmas is over, we are days away from this looming fiscal cliff which would raise taxes on all americans and immediate cuts. some agencies are phages furloughs -- facing furloughs. president obama and congressional leaders are cutting their vacation short to be back in washington but it's not clear whether a last-minute deal can be reached. >> i don't want to go over the cliff. >> middle class people will have their taxes go up an average of $2,000 a career and we should start making meaningful reform on the debt. >> there's talk about a smaller deal by harry reid that would prevent tax increases on those earning less than $250,000. >>> starbucks has come up with a democratic way for people to send a message to washington. the coffee giant is asking the stores to write the words come together on all drinks served tomorrow and friday. >>> well, they invested in a finance company owned by a now infamous baltimore insurance pitch man. now that hal katz business has gone belly up, they're out of luck. investigators continue digging into the story we first brought you i
, as far as that fiscal cliff, they can withhold the tax schedule changes. they're able like in defense, when you have a defense cut or a defense cut like that, it takes place over three to four years. it doesn't all happen this figs year. what we want is a bunny slope not a cliff so the damage is not great as long as we are able to take the short-term deal that david spoke about. what everyone is looking for, consumer and business investor is certainty. congress generates the political will with the president to address our problem. both in the grand scheme so we get $4 trillion in debt reduction over a year and second in the short term and don't have a gross domestic product grow at zee ro over the year. >> when you think about this entire issue, there is the gop caucus and the dysfunctionality that appear to be out there with plan "b." how does the speaker get this done and look like a winner if they come up with a compromise? >> well, i mean, part of what you need to remember is over 90% of the republican caucus was going with the speaker on this. again, a handful of members, some d
of going over the fiscal cliff. $600 million in tax increases and spending cuts. >> nobody wants to do that. >> i think we all agree and no talks by all accounts by the president and members of congress. >> the president went -- >> and the president was playing golf in honolulu. listen, i was working on christmas. with all due respect. should congress have taken a break? >> no. >> there are huge implications here. we have to wait on the senate at this point. and that's -- that's our challenge. we did send a bill to them in -- a couple of months ago in august. although now it's four months ago. we sent a bill to them saying let's extend '01, '03 for the time being so we can work on real tax reform. they need to send that back to us. it's true speaker boehner brought another bill for consideration to the house majority. but that's just -- >> and they rejected it. >> that's just moving the hot potato around. nothing is getting done. >> if you look at it, the house has passed a budget for three years in a row. the senate has not pass ted the budget. what family in the united states can make its
agree to it but it's all tied up in the fiscal cliff mess. tax filing season starts next week but the irs would put a hold on that for some. officials would wait for a deal in the new year instead of doing serious reprogramming to their tax system. filing would then be pushed back to march for millions. with refunds coming much later than usual. especially for those who plan on paying off credit card bills that often pile up after the holidays. now all of this could be avoided a deal before the deadline monday night but some long time lawmakers fear it won't happen, more on that when i see you next. live in washington. >> oil prices started edging up arch the president announced he would return from vacation early so he could work on fiscal cliff negotiations. crude oil sells for almost $91 a barrel up nearly two dollars a barrel. it's expected to increase as hope rises that a budget deal can be reached before the deadline and that could keep the economy growing while no agreement may put the united states back into recession. >> several states are under blizzard warning thi
. >> is the country goes over the fiscal cliff, some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession. others say the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early that would roll back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. >> maybe a tremendous response and that would alarm everybody. >> stock prices dropped friday after a republican-led plan collapsed. nearly half of americans are doubtful the two sides can settle their differences. >> when the uncertain. tax rates will go up on 30 million households at least. that is something the politicians are going to respond to. >> house republican leaders called on the senate to pass to bills they said would avoid the fiscal cliff. republicans said the lines of communication are still open but the house will not act until the democratically controlled senate does. >> at the maryland due in baltimore, the african lions were not in their native habitat because it was snowing. the weather was so bad that these do closed -- the zoo closed for the day. the s
to go over the fiscal cliff. they wouldn't have to go for a tax increase. then however it becomes no longer extending the bush tax cuts, but the obama tax cuts. president obama is associated with cutting taxes. there is political liability for them as well. the reality is they have to get off of this no tax increase nonsense. i read in the "new york times" the other day, no republican member of congress voted for it since 1990. do you believe that? we had two or three wars since that time? a tragedy at 9/11 and we had hurricane sandy. we had hurricane katrina and despite all of these, they are unwilling to raise them to support and fund our government. what does it say about the dysfunctionality? >> we will have to leave it there. happy holidays to you. joining me now on the phone, congressman gregory meeks. congressman, i just saw you downstairs in the lobby about two or three hours ago and you were waiting on a phone call to determine when you might have to go back to d.c. to hammer out fiscal cliff matters. have you gotten the call yet? >> we are still waiting. >> no word as to
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the higher tax rates and the spending cuts of the fiscal cliff, we will see how that affects the stocks. u.s. retailers report the weakest holiday sales since 08. sales in the two months before christmas increased .7%. some analysts say that the 2012 shopping season was affected by bad weather and people's uncertainty about the economy. joining us now is keith fitzgerald from money map press. keith, do you think really think that's affecting people's shopping habits? i think they are just worried about the money in their pocket. they don't have as much of it as they used to. >> i'm with you. i don't think it's the weather. i think that's always an easy thing to blame. the reality is the average american has less money in their pocket. they're very concerned about the lack of adult supervision in washington. retailers in part to be blamed for this, they spread holiday shopping across multiple seasons and outlets at a time when consumers don't have the money. they're missing the boat here. they have done it to themselves. the specials are very aggressive after christmas. we have a few days t
but the truth is i think the president is hoping to go over the fiscal cliff. he can enact tax increases, cut defense spending and blame it on the republicans. the problem is we have had harry reid and the senate democrats haven't passed a budget plan in three years and they're looking at just raising taxes. we need to seriously address the spending in this country and we haven't had that from the democrats. we have to have that for things to pass. really get this deficit under control. >> all right. so keith, that was a loud sigh that you just gave. >> you heard that? >> i think everybody at home just heard that. so you obviously do not agree with alice's assessment there. i want to show debbie wasserman-schultz's quote. no 48-notice on house votes just yet. the president has a lot to gain politically with the blame on republicans for letting all of the country go over the cliff and the fact that they seem to hold on with the death grip for millionaires in this country. >> the republicans will be blamed it seems according to the polls going over the fiscal cliff but the president is responsi
the fiscal cliff as a group of democrats push for the extension of most of the bush-era tax cuts, cuts they say staunchly -- they opposed years ago. joining us now to talk about it, tony -- [inaudible] a republican political analyst and consultant and a national political correspondent for talk radio news service. michael is a democratic strategist, and he joins us as well. good to see you both. tony, look, the word we're getting is that harry reid is going to pass an extension of the bush tax cuts for anybody under 250,000, extend unemployment benefits for two million folks. um, now, if that happens, it goes to the house, and the house will probably have to put it up. aren't republicans, your party, going to wish that they had passed plan b? >> absolutely, gregg. look, plan b really should have been our plan a, number one. number two, plan b was really the idea of chuck schumer and nancy pelosi as recently as in this summer. to set the threshold on incomes to a million dollars versus 250,000, allow those tax rates for a million and above go up, the president talked about taxing millio
about the fiscal cliff lately. how will it actually affect you? what happens to your taxes if we go off the cliff? according to the tax policy center if you're sing well no children and make $50,000 a year you will see your taxes go up by $1,500 if no deal is reached. married couple with two kids making $100,000 would see their taxes go up a whopping $5,300 per year. taxes will go up the same amount underneath the democratic and republican plans if no deal is reached. just one day after the christmas holiday, president obama is packing his bags, heading back to washington to try to forge a deal on the fiscal cliff, with just six days left to negotiate, a deal to avoid the catastrophic cliff, the president will leave hawaii tonight to try to work on a bargain between democrats and republicans. brianna keilar is traveling with the president in hawaii and joins us now. good morning, brianna. did the president cut his vacation short or was it planned all along? >> reporter: he did cut his vacation short from what was initially planned which was to go through the new year, so yes, he cut it
the fiscal cliff. why? after january 1st, when everyone's taxes go up, the new congress sworn this on january 3rd could vote to cut taxes. a much easier vote to cast for republicans as well as some democrats. as for the president, is he nhe scheduled to leave his family tonight, come back to washington tomorrow morning, in the hopes of helping his fellow democrats try to find enough republicans to pass his plan. but of course this goes without saying that was a plan that most if not all republicans campaigned very strongly against. >> the most likely scenario is actually did go off the cliff now. ryan liza is our correspondent from washington. you look at this and we're hearing echos of the past. the republican speaker from the house of representatives said, and i have it here somewhere, i don't want to be critical of john, meaning john boehner, but if you don't ever bring something to the floor without the votes. so this is what happened last thursday night where he brought this bill to the floor, his plan b, and it went nowhere. was that a major miscalculation for him? >> it was. look, denn
to washington tonight to work on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. with only days left before the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts kick in, is a compromise even possible? stephen hayes joins us. senior writer, "the weekly standard." is it possible? >> hey, gregg. yeah, look, i think it's possible. i thought all along for more than a month we were likely to see some last minute, slap dash kind of unsatisfying deal thrown to won't actually do anything to solve the long-term problems but get politicians out of the bind. gregg: like what? >> like something that extends the bush tax rates for those making $250,000 in the last, maybe amt patch, but won't deal with entitlement spending won't deal with long term issues we have to deal with as a country if we're actually serious about changing the trajectory of our debt. gregg: i'll sure you saw john barosso who said the president is eager to go over the cliff. he wants to go over the cliff. what do you think? >> well i think there are political incentives for the president to do just that. if you think about the long-term political liabilities of
. and then there's the issue of the fiscal cliff and higher taxes. >> i think the worries of what we're going to be dealing with at the end of the year has curbed our spending, for sure. >> reporter: retailers today are trying to outdo one another with deals, often better than what was offered the day after thanksgiving. amazon offering a 46-inch tv, marked down 44% for just $338. best buy is cutting the price of a nikon camera. and a cashmere sweater from bloomingdale's, just $89.99. last year shoppers spent more than $7 billion on the day after christmas. bargains have become a post holiday tradition. whether you're shopping in stores or surfing for discounts and free shipping from online venders, retailers are looking for you on what may be the fifth busiest shopping day of the year. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. >> i think you have the right idea. we should go shopping when we're done. online venders still offering free shipping. just go online and find the coupons. it's that simple. >> yes. from shopping to the big games, coming up, we'll take a look at the nba games that were tak
parameters on tax and spending policy. >> is there anything that's immune to the fiscal cliff talk, anything you would buy right here? >> well, i would say, you know, first of all, i might push back a little bit. i think that the market has been a little bit complacent. i think the market believes that -- than common sense will prevail in this, and i -- i -- as i keep saying i believe that the calculus of congress is complex. it doesn't follow the normal accounting results, and so we just assumed that everything is going to be fine and in that sense we believe that the tail risks regarding the fiscal cliff have not really been fully priced in. we do believe there's risk here. if we can get past this, then clearly i think we've got a very positive environment given all the other good things that have been said over and above that, that if we go over the cliff, if there's a real possibility, then we'll see consumer incomes go down and like i said earnings expectations are likely to be revised lower, so what do we like fundamentally? >> pretty defensive areas in many cases there? >> i would say
, serious tax hike. republicans don't -- >> andrea: admit it. face calf cliff is not the fiscal cliff. it should be called returning to the clinton era tax rate. isn't that the democrats' dream? return to clinton era tax rates? >> juan: that was 39%. that is not a big deal. not comparable to rates under reagan or going back to clinton. clinton was 39%. >> eric: that is where we are going. what about this. every time boehner an obama get close to a deal, president obama moves the goalpost back. >> kimberly: he is playing hard ball. this is the problem. he is going hmm to you, republicans. i don't care about that. that is nothing. i get that for free. he is the guy changing the play for his side. what about the right? >> juan: the american people. look at the poll, they think president obama is willing to compromise. >> andrea: which is ironic. [ overtalk ] >> juan: who are the obstructionists? it's my ideology, i can't negotiate. even if we go off the cliff, endanger the whole economy. >> greg: here is thing. the idea of adhering to a principle in this world is seen as extremism, tryin
the fiscal cliff, consumers think next year we'll see higher taxes and lower entitlements. the only place in our space where we see a very significant fiscal cliff hit is aspirational customer, so the step-up customer into low-end tiffany's jewelry, for example, we just don't think they showed up this year. >> even if people, stacy, are going to be hit by higher taxes next year, at least some people are going to be hit by higher taxes next year, a lot of this is psychological, isn't it. you turn on the tv and you're feeling spooked, right? and once we have a deal or resolution, uncertainty taken away, will people unleash their spending? will this be unlocked? >> i think at the high end, yes, there will be some relief, and, you know, to laura's point, we were in tiffany over the weekend, you would be shocked how much sales help was available on the silver floor. typically you can't get near a sales person there. >> right. >> but a lot of it is psychological, but then again, christmas has come and gone and the full-margin products have come and gone. you fix the fiscal cliff and go into cle
the fiscal cliff. anyone who has not taken advantage of the homestead tax credit better act fast. if you have two days left to save hundreds of dollars at tax time. postmarked by december 31, or you will have to wait another year. its stems from legislation enacted in 2007 by the state general assembly. homeowners must apply to maintain eligibility for the credit. still ahead, aerial volunteers spent the holiday serving others. an organization will help keep hundreds and warmer this winter. and that when a missouri school did to put a smile back on their custodian's face. >> the weather is going to turn active as we had through the next of the week. partly to mostly cloudy. 36 at the airport. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say
the fiscal cliff? molly henneberg explains it means more money of the of your wallet. >> taxes are going up on everyone immediately. if washington can't come to a deal on the fiscal cliff. >> you have less money in a difficult economy with little clarity. >> the economy will go down sharply. >> look at the number from the tax policy center. this is the average tax hit the families take on top of what they pay on taxes. those make between $40,000 and $50,000 pay extra $1700. >> if you manage to make over $200,000, it will be a big jump up. you will need to send a check to uncle sam for $14,000 initial dollars. $500,000 to $1 million pays $34,000 more. they want $215,000 on top of what you pay in taxes. >> the wealth manager says the money you have left won't go as far as businesses also deal with their own tax hikes. >> you are going to see less money in your paycheck. >> the government has to bite the bullet with $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. more than half of that is to the defense budget. >> they say families may need austerity calculation before making big purchases. look at the money
of congress are trying to find a way to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." lawmakers will also be back in session on thursday without a deal by the end of the year automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect. >>> starbucks is trying to do what it can to urge a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee chain is asking employees at its cafes in the d.c. area to write the words "come together" on cups for the next two days. starbucks plans to continue the effort on social media. >>> encouraging signs in the housing market. home prices rose in most major cities in october up more than 4% from a year earlier and october was the fifth straight month of year-over-year gains. taking a look at the big board now, you can see that stocks are down today in a light trading session. you can see the dow is down about 9 points. >>> a bay area family and the season of giving. how the kindness of strangers helped save a family's injured dog. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, donors for saving their dog. c-b-s-5 reporter christin ay >>> a you can bay area couple is thanking -- a young bay area couple is thanki
off the fiscal cliff it will be a small package of some tax increases, some spending cuts, but it's not going to put the economy into a recession. so what i've been telling clients is let's just hold the line right here. let's not sell precipitously. let's wait until we see the outcome. but right now i think there's a real good chance that the outcome could be positive or will muddle our way through this significant problem. >> ifill: let me ask you a question which politicians kept bringing up during this last election which is the that the uncertainty is what makes people nervous in the business world. is this the kind of uncertainty they were talking about? >> it absolutely is. you mentioned before the retail sales numbers for this christmas season and the retail sales numbers for this christmas season were very poor, very soft. this is both individuals and individuals affecting companies making decisions and it's really largely driven by their significant uncertainty about what's going to be their tax rate in 2013. they're really postponing any spending and it clearly affects
hawaiian vacation short to get back to fiscal cliff talks in washington. the country is a week away from tax increases and deep spending cuts that will be triggered without an agreement. the next move will likely fall on democratic senate leader harry reid. >>> it's a scary statistic for recent college graduates. the number of young californians with degrees working in restaurants or retail has nearly doubled over the last five years. grace lee tells us these are the same people who have expensive college loans to pay off. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season or eating out, take a look around. you might notice a lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california taking work in food service and retail because they can't get anything else. >> pretty sad now. >> reporter: roary graduated with a computer science degree. >> i graduated with my bachelors in 2009 and my first job was at a retail store. at first it was kind of embarrassing. >> i couldn't get a job in the field i want
is coming around. it is the uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. it is crazy to think that nobody knows what their tax bill for 2013 will look like right now. at some point you have to say, this is what it is. i only have so many years until i retire. risk is part of the game. this is what i am willing to invest. what is your best bet? >> there is no dow that energy stocks, to me, we are seeing the spikes in oil prices today. lori: you are basically saying try to raise some cash during this last week. that could be your fine opportunity. >> right. you have to think back at what these companies are saved. they are not overly optimistic. they were not doing back flips about the future. sometimes waiting is the best investment strategy that there is. you have to begin to see whether they will begin to grow. most companies have to face the facts. most companies are making money because of cost-cutting. i think we have to really look at ways to just be ready. the best place to be -- lori: lean and mean. cash is, well, i guess that is why you had a debate. i guess i can hold on for two weeks. >> i
.s. lawmakers will resume budget talks as the year-end deadline for the fiscal cliff looms. u.s. president barack obama is cutting short his christmas holiday to carry on the negotiations to avert drastic budget cuts and tax increases. obama is scheduled to return to washington on thursday in time to restart talks. the u.s. president is asking congressional executives to compile a compromise plan that features continued tax cuts for the middle class. that represents a shift in his policy that called for higher taxes on the wealthy, along with measures to cut the fiscal deficit. talks between democrats and republicans came to a standstill last week. a deal still remains uncertain. the republicans canceled a vote on their compromise plan. that's because many republicans remain opposed to any kind of tax hikes. >>> china has opened what it calls the world's longest high-speed rail line. the railway links the capital city of beijing and ghangzhou in the south. shun ishibe have more. >> reporter: the first high-speed train for beijing is about to leave guangzhou south railway station. many pass
is cutting his hawaiian vacation short to get back to fiscal cliff talks in washington. the country is a week away from the tax increases and deep spending cuts that will be triggered without an agreement. the next move will likely fall on democratic senate leader harry reid who is crafting a package on his own. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year including the short-term spending cuts. >>> and it is a scary statistic for the recent college graduates. the number of young californians with the degrees working in restaurants or the retail, they have nearly doubled over the last five years. cbs 5 reporter tells us that these are the same people who have expensive college loans to pay off. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season, or eating out, take a look around. you might notice a lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau, there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california, taking work and food service in retail because they can't get anything else. >> it's pretty sad now, yeah
is returning to the white house to work on a fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are going to reconvene without an agreement, automatic tax increases and that will be triggered in the new year. it looks like few people season. retails are the weakest. holiday sales increased. and they expected them to go 6 to 4%. it's blamed on super sandy which stroke the east coast but let us not forget why obama is returning from hawaii early. the lawmakers will be able to reach a deal. >>> we have rainfalling across the bay area and some heavy showers and departing san jose out of the santa clarita valley but there's showers coming in and i'll let you know on storm track 4 coming up. with my keurig vue brewer, i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? inside the brewer, there's this train that makes coffee stronger, bigger, and hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew what you love with the keurig vue. >> we have wet weather still falling across the bay area and here's live storm track, but the rain is gone for this evening and showers in the sou
obama is cutting his christmas vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline" special tonight. her sitdown at the white house with the president and the first lady. tonight here, some rare personal questions answered about their own relationship and their girls. one of whom just got her first cell phone. >> reporter: i want to talk a bit about the girls. we have been rawatching them gr up from little girls to young ladies. now, malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it? and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter at this age, i give her a long rope. you know, and there is monitoring, because we have rules, but monitoring may be, you neve
the president wants to have in the beginning of 2013 when he has the fiscal cliff, government funding, debt ceiling, taxes, all these issues out there where he's going to have to fight tooth and nail, does he want to fight on chuck hagel and that's something to be seen. >> i want to turn our attention to the fiscal cliff, because you have some interesting reporting coming out right now. gop leaders had a phone call today. >> they are talking on a conference call, which is how they usually communicate when they are not in d.c., but they are strategizing on what to do. the open question right now for house republicans is do they bring the body back into session from between now and new year's eve? unclear, i don't know if they know what they are going to do. they told their members they'd get 48 hours notice, 48 hours notice now would put us somewhere between friday and saturday, going right into new year's eve. >> there's nothing to bring them back for. >> that's the problem, that's the problem. they said the senate is going to act first. the senate is not acting right now. they are doing a
, your taxes go up $3,000. if nothing is done to avert the fiscal cliff. if you make $104,000, doing pretty well, you see your taxes go up $6200. if you make $400,000 a year, you see taxes go up over $9,000. that's overnight. the bush tax cuts sunset if we don't do anything to variety the fiscal cliff. this is something that the president and republicans agree on. they agree 98% of the americans shouldn't have taxes raised, but that 2% disagreement brings us to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> the ceo of starbucks says, hey, you know what? let's write on our coffee cups "come together." do you think anybody will pay attention to that in washdz? >> you know what? anything and everything helps. just merely spreading the message america is watching and waiting for congress to act to find a way to reason together, that's an important act, and everyone doing their part can do, i say good on him. we need to send this message to washington and make sure it isn't settled. we'll go deeper into this tonight at 7:00 as well. this is urnlggent. the clock is ticking, suzanne. >>> many american fa
the fiscal cliff. they are going to be over 30 million people in taxes unless they do something called the amt patch. it is something where last year in 2011 they gave approximately 75,000 as an exemption but the law goes back to 45,000 dollars. all of these people what the ir is saying refunds will be delayed two months if the irs -- if congress doesn't act to change it. >> they are going to have to do something about it. i can't begin to think about how dpift it is to determine what your taxes might be verses next year when we don't even know all of the regulations yet. prepay your mortgage for january and pay it now before the end of the year. >> if you pay the january mortgage, you can prepay these mortgages this year pay it so it gets on the form>> increase your charitable deductions in 2012. if you want to reduce the entry for charitable deductions if you doesn't know who to give them to go to the charitable gift fund and do something like that. >> accelerate business expenses tax deductible this year. >> prepay rent prepay other expenses you have around there the retirement plan
. the press as returning to the white house to work i fiscal cliff deal before the year and. without an agreement automatic tax increases for everyone in the spending cuts will be triggered and the new year. an enormous storm system of snow and sleet of the nation's midsection enemies damaging tornadoes are on the deep south has begun putting its way toward the northeast, slowing holiday travel. >> storm tracker for tracking the showers we're seeing an let's resume and these areas. you can see it is at very scattered in this area. the shower is rather berkeley while my creek but they are very light right now. palo alto and east palo alto and the fattal of valley as well use the moderate to heavy rainfall. cupertino, this san rafael, san jose getting a lot of rain this morning. you can see out toward santa clara and downtown san jose looking at very wet conditions. rain coming down up to half an inch an hour but these are fairly fast moving headed to the south east. they will only last a few minutes. this morning scattered showers are likely anyway also experienced some gusty winds. s
of the fiscal cliff with just 36 days to go until tax increases kick, in the white house and congress are playing a high stakes game of let's make a deal. >> only in america believes there has to be this what i believe to be really farce ical now surely -- the nature of the world is very fast moving, america has huge economic problems, heading for another fiscal cliff, everyone laughing at you from afenway park the american public sick and tired of all the games going on and there are you, grover norquist, a very bright guy still resolutely saying a pledge is a pledge is a pledge, it cannot be broken when many of your own party are now saying you know, what it doesn't make sense to have this irresolute position anymore. >> two things, the pledge is not for life. but everybody who signed the pledge, including peter king, who tried to weasel out of it -- shame on him as the "new york sun" says tonight. i hope his wife understands commitments last a little longer than two years or something. >> whoa, hang on, hang on. that was a bit below the belt, grover. >> hey, if you think a commitme
the fiscal cliff are how to stop these tax hikes on the middle class as the white house sees it. but there's also a number of smaller tax measures that are set to expire. they sort of create their own set of problems, even for some democrats. so he may really need to do some lobbying on a few of them, don. >> brianna, how did he spend christmas? >> reporter: christmas, we talked about this yesterday. we said we wouldn't be surprised if he went to visit troops as he's done in past years. indeed he did end up doing that. he went a short distance from where he and the first family rent a home, to a military station here an oahu. and he visits with troops thanking them for their service and also thanking their families for their service. he said to them, we know the sacrifice that our military men and women make in defending our country. but sometimes it gets lost just how much of a sacrifice the families make as well. and as you know, don, first lady, michelle obama, has been really active with military families along with jill biden. so that was something also that was really important to he
are already taking a good hard look at their wallets as confidence the avoidance of the fiscal cliff diminishes. >> there is hope a deal will be cut. >> reporter: if congress doesn't oaks spire tax cuts in day, middle income earners will owe $2,000 extra a year. consumers are predicted to cut back in automotive, apparel and entertainment. >> once people decide to cut back on that, the effect is dramatic. >> reporter: the national retail federation says retailers support 1 in 4 american jobs and if the downward trend intensify, those jobs would be at risk. >> if retailers stop creating job, the economy as a whole will stop creating jobs. >> reporter: the wait is e excruciating. president obama visited hawaii after talks on capitol hill. they were $200 billion apart on a deal. >> the president was $2200 billion higher on revenues and speaker boehner, $200 billion on spending cuts. >> if you get 80% of what you want, that's a pretty good day. >> reporter: tough decision ahead, six days left. >> lawmakers are saying they will likely take on tax reform and spending cuts again in the new y
, just five days ahead of the fiscal cliff, which includes an across the board tax hike that congress has tried but failed to undo. cnn's dana bash is with us from washington, our senior congressional correspondent. we spoke last hour. you told us that hour speaker john boehner was to convene this conference call to decide whether or not to call the house back into session. we know the senate is supposed to convene, but nothing can, of course, take place until the house is in session as well. do we know the results of that conference call? will boehner reconvene the house? >> reporter: i'm told by a source familiar with the call, which just happened within last hour, as you said, that no decision was made on the schedule or timing for the house. as we talked about an hour ago, the leaders in the house have promised the members that they won't be called back without 48 hours notice. so at this point it is wednesday afternoon, they won't even be back, the earliest, until a saturday, if they haven't made a decision today. but, of course, it is true, basic civics tells us all this, that nothi
-duty shooting and the man they took out. >>> also this morning, the fiscal cliff is coming. the president's vacation is a bit short. president obama now heading back to the nation's capitol to continue talks before your taxes go up in 2013. details coming up on this wednesday morning. thanks for joining us, i'm charley crowson. >> i'm megan pringle. i hope you had had a very merry christmas or a wonderful holiday. thank you so much for joining us the day after. some of you have the day off, others are plan ong going to the mall and doing that sort of elbowing. >> get it started. >> that's right. you gotta make those returns. >> hand-to-hand combat out there. weather could play a factor. let's check in with meteorologist mike massco and see what's in store for a day that could be pretty wet. >> wintery to the north. guys, what's the etiquette on regifting, you gotta way wait a day? >> you don't do it, that's the etiquette. >> that just cleared it up for me. >> regifting is from the right hand to the left. >> let's have a chat later. 32 in town right now. nothing going on advisory wise for
conversations we'll have a bipartisan solution, because nobody wants to go over this fiscal cliff. it will damage our economy. it will hurt every taxpayer, the largest tax increase in history. it will affect everybody, and anyone who is watching who thinks, oh this isn't going to impact me, you will fin out d o will, and we know the problem is a lot of spending. not that we're not taxing people more, we're just spending too much. we hope that the president understands that as for as republicans are concerned, we're willing to negotiate and have a civil conversation, but also he's got to bring in some spending cuts and tax reform, because americans want tax reform and we don't want to hurt the economy, and, look there, are not enough millionaires in the united states to tax them all to be able to spend our way out of this problem. so let's -- let's give up a little bit -- each side can concede a little. and i think we can fin middle ground. i'm optimistic. >> we had your colleague nan hayworth last hour. she was expecting work to be done in the senate. the house did its best, boehn
if the payroll tax goes up next year, how do you handle that now? >> wherever the deal falls on the fiscal cliff, it looks like the payroll tax is going up. that will mean about $1,000 in additional taxes, 75% of americans get tax refunds. if you're one of them, adjust your withholding. make sure you're withholding a little less and taking the money now so that you can sort of temper the effect of the fiscal cliff. >> what about retirement accounts, which ones you'll be giving to and how much? >> deadline for iras is not until april. you don't have to worry about that. if you haven't made your full contribution into a 401(k), that's something you want to consider doing before the end of the year. people can kick in up to $17,000. people over 50 can kick in $5,000 more than that, which is huge. call your 401(k) provider and ask them specifically, what do i need to do to get a check to you in time? it may involve express mail in some way, shape or form. >> you're recommending that some people should think about converting to a roth ira. first of all, what is roth and why should you move that direc
much. >> rick: are you ready for your taxes to go up? we've been talking about the fiscal cliff and we know that potential huge tax increase for us. even if they come up with a way, your taxes are going up. >> clayton: because of obamacare and the spending we're about to put forth for that is going to go into effect in 2013. we went through this. we'll start at the top because a 3.8% surtax on investment income will take place. 3.8% on individuals for $200,000 or married couples with a $250,000 a year income. >> gretchen: also a cap on the flexible and spending accounts that maybe you have become accustomed to. remember those are tax free dollars you can take out of your paychecks ahead of time to pay for medical expenses and even in some cases, daycare. there is going to be changes to that now with new caps. >> clayton: limited to $2,500. >> rick: really? that low. >> clayton: that low. start not guilty january. >> gretchen: that's the most you can put in those accounts if you've put in more in the past and you signed up for your health care plans you know that has been capped off. al
and effectiveness reemerge from washington, d.c., on the fiscal cliff? >> zero. lou: i thought that. >> if we can keep the current tax rates, we would continue to increase government revenue. increasing 26% under the bush tax rates over the last two years. over the last two years, government revenues have risen 26%, almost a quarter using the buss tax rates. low tax rates bring more revenues, not less venues. lou: do you interpret all of the drama to be a lack of faith? in front of the growth model that has been demonstrated, as you point out, over the past two years. they are really saying the economy cannot grow fast enough to support the government. we will not see revenue increase unless we raise taxes. >> that is correct. the pre-verse thing is you don't get growth if you raise tax rates. in california and several other states that topate is approaching 50% effectively with a 50% top rate, a business have as much incentive to fire somebody to lower-cost as to hire somebody to increase revenues. lou: it is a high risk experiment, but nonetheless experiment bringing tax levels above 50%, the n
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